The Eat Smart Nutrition Scale is a wonderful resource for families with kids with diabetes. For newly diagnosed adults and kids with diabetes, it's a great tool to supplement nutrition education. It helps to validate the portion control techniques that a person with diabetes must always use to be successful with diabetes management.
The scale is small and lightweight. It doesn't take up much counter space and has a sleek stainless steel and glass look.
It measures only 7 1/2 inches by 9 inches and uses 4 AAA batteries.
Its database includes 999 of the most common foods and its memory mode allows you to save 99 entries.
It tracks 12 nutrient values: calories, carbs, fiber, sodium, potassium, magnesium, total fats, saturated fats, cholesterol, calcium, protein, and Vitamin K.
Also enclosed with the scale are 3 booklets:
- Quick Check Food Facts: A paperback book outlining nutrient content for fast foods and grocery store items.
- A Practical Approach to Healthy Eating: A generic yet useful booklet outlining healthy meal planning.
- Food Code Booklet: Easy to find codes to enter into the scale for foods that are in the scale database.
One of the unique items this scale possesses is the Nutrition Facts Calculator Mode.
With the nutrition facts calculator, you weigh how much you want to eat, and the scale does the math for you. Fantastic! You no longer struggle with whether you have exact serving sizes or not. You tell the scale how much one serving weighs (in grams), then how many nutrients per serving you want to know. Grams of carbohydrates can be calculated using this technique. You can only do one nutrient per calculation, so if you needed to know the calories as well you would have to punch more buttons on the scale.
By utilizing this tool at home to practice portion control techniques, carbohydrate counting at restaurants and other places outside the home become easier and more manageable.
I would highly recommend this scale for those kids and adults with diabetes who are new to diabetes meal planning or who may need a "refresher" course with portion estimation.
CWD families can purchase this scale online and receive a 10% discount at the company's website: www.eatsmartproducts.com/coupon/10forcwd.
-- Mike Schurig
Last Updated: Wednesday September 10, 2008 08:32:18
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